I have neglected my blog and fitness for about a month now and it's time I got back on the straight and narrow. I'm not overly bothered about it as I think it's important to take a break once in a while, regroup and come back stronger and more motivated and that is exactly what I have done.

I had got to the point where the gym was a chore and I wasn't enjoying it, I wanted to let my hair down a bit and I think if I had carried on trying to be so strict I wouldn't have been able to sustain it.

There has been a lot of 'weight' and 'size' related topics being thrown around social media these last few weeks and quite honestly I got a bit sick of it and it left me feeling a little demotivated. Specifically, when I read what Jamelia supposedly said on Loose Women, I was frankly appalled. To say that people of certain sizes should have to shop in 'specialist stores' is unbelievable in this day and age.

I thought segregation was a thing of the past and here is someone who is trying to encourage that very thing, I have to admit I didn't see the clip and I am only going off what I have read on social media but I wholeheartedly disagree.

I don't think that catering for the larger sized person encourages obesity AT ALL. That is as silly as saying that carrying small sizes encourages eating disorders? There are a million reasons why a person will be the size they are and some people (me included) find losing weight difficult as genetically things aren't really on their side.

I spent a long time being incredibly controlled with my diet, not drinking, exercising 4+ times per week and not seeing the results that someone else with better metabolism might see so it's inevitable that at some point the demotivation takes over and reading rubbish like that really annoys me.

Anyway, I will get down from my high horse now as I have realised that there is literally no point getting upset by foolish people who are making sweeping generalisations. I have decided that I am not going to be super strict and I want to be fit and healthy for me more than anything. My diet will continue to be relatively clean but I am not going to compromise my social life and mental wellbeing for the sake of trying to live like an athlete all of the time. Food is fuel but it's also a social thing, enjoyable and sometimes a treat!

I am once again taking part in the Manchester 10K in two weeks time in aid of Francis House and I have many more active things I want to do over the summer!

Who is with me? :) #THISGIRLCAN

A 'normal' blogging routine will also resume from this week, I have got the bug back!!!

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